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kspenmoll

Joined May 2016

Lifelong reader, teacher insta:kdspenmoll
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Her Last Flight: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
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A Black Women's History of the United States by Kali Nicole Gross, Daina Ramey Berry
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The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Ptzsch
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Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith
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Murder at Queen's Landing by Andrea Penrose
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An Unlikely Spy: A Novel by Rebecca Starford
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Fire Force, Volume 1 by Atsushi Ohkubo
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“ for many of these women,”Nella whispered,”this may be the only place their names are recorded.The only place they will be remembered.”

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Much of this book is set at the NewYork Plaza Hotel, all dressed up for Christmas.Although I have only visited its lobby,this plush setting did lend its magic to the read. Other streets & neighborhoods are familiar to me, especially when Sabrina shops at an outdoor Christmas bazaar,the last thing my family did in the City in 2019. So this book worked its magic on me- I visited NYC vicariously for Christmas in 2021. Romance,the spirit of giving.

TheBookHippie How lovely!!! 10h
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#november #24in4 #readathon

Finished Of Irish Blood today, reading about 4 hours. Continuing with A Magical New York Christmas. Started listening to Death Among Rubies. Hoping to start St. Benet‘s. My goals for the next 2 days.

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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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#saynothing #whateveryousaysaynothing #poetrywithinanovel #seamusheaney #patrickraddenkeefe #nonfiction #historicalfiction #poetry

So many literary figures, allusions in this novel. If possible, I wanted to find the source of “ say nothing.

kspenmoll https://youtu.be/OpDw5n_rb5I Seamus Heaney reading his poem (edited) 15h
Crazeedi So awesome ❤ 12h
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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#November #20in4 #readathon
Joining in. Went from 40% of book read to 89% read today so far.

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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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#coffeeandbooks #coffeebreak #literarycrew
Rainy day, making it feel colder than the 41 degrees it is. Happy to be home with family, sipping coffee, snacking on ginger cooks,and reading about the Irish. I have spent so much time looking up/researching various people and , events - learning sooo much about the Irish. My father‘s grandfather came over to CT during the Great Starvation/Potato Famine. My mother‘s family came in through NewFoundland.

Librarybelle So glad you‘re finding this riveting! 17h
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
——William Butler Yeats, Easter,1916

Yeats as a character, along with his poetry are featured in
this novel. #literarycrew

kspenmoll 56 years later, author Patrick Radden Keefe publishes a searing non fiction( reads like a novel) account of the continuing violence in N. Ireland as the subjugated people still struggle for unification. A brilliant read. 23h
Librarybelle I have Say Nothing on my to read list! 17h
kspenmoll @Librarybelle Do read it. Not an easy read at all but he is a wonderful journalist/writer. 17h
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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I have been glued to this today. For me a big tome (500+ pgs). Starts in Chicago where the Irish are making initial inwards into the city‘s politics. Irish-American Nora Kelly makes a life changing decision born of desire that necessitates her fleeing to Paris.Paris is a hot bed of Irish/English/ French intrigue.With the advent of WWI she cannot leave France, so serves as a nurse in a Vanderbilt hospital.

Crazeedi Can't wait to discuss!! 12h
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Thanksgiving | Janet Evanovich
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Happy Thanksgiving to all Littens! Sending love for those spending the day alone. Thinking of all you Littens & so grateful for all the books, reviews, challenges, etc. but of course, I am deeply grateful for all of you & the difference you & this site has made in my life. It is much richer because of you!

AmyG Happy Thanksgiving 🍽🦃🍁 2d
Kdgordon88 Happy Thanksgiving! 2d
Reggie Happy Thanksgiving Katherine! 2d
kspenmoll @AmyG @Kdgordon88 @Reggie Thank you! I hope yours was as enjoyable as mine!!! 17h
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#gratefulharvest #enchanted
This Christmas romance is set in NYC. Sabrina,a soon to be penniless free lance journalist, has taken a job to ghost write a wealthy elderly man‘s memoirs. It is Christmas week and the Plaza where her boss is staying & has booked a suite for Sabrina too, is dressed up for Christmas, which adds to its otherworldly magic. Sabrina is #enchanted.

MidnightBookGirl This sounds lovely!
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌟💛 2d
Eggs Sounds so good🎄 2d
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#gratefulharvest #chilly.
Chilly night in T‘ville.

Eggs Pretty cover and 🥶🧊🍽 2d
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Chose this book to begin my 2021 Christmas reading. Usually we take the train to NYC before Christmas, but Covid has gotten in the way- our last visit was 12/21/2019. So I will be visiting the City vicariously while I read. 🚉🏙💖

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Books with maps!!!!❤️

May112 Nice! I saw some books that have maps too 😃 😃 5d
Lindy @rockpools … speaking of maps 😊 3d
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Now that I finished Miss Marple‘s short stories, I have turned to this big tome. It too will be beside my bed for occasional night time reading for several months! It covers 150 years of such mystery stories.

LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 5d
Bklover I‘ve seen this book at the bookstore and it looks fascinating! 5d
BiblioLitten Nice! 5d
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#gratefulharvest #scarf

A little ahead of myself- Thanksgiving will appear Thursday.

LeahBergen That‘s a beautiful scarf! 6d
Eggs So pretty 🥰🧣🥂 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡 6d
kspenmoll @LeahBergen @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous, isn‘t it? Found it at TJMaxx!!!! 6d
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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#coffeebreak

Still no clue whodunit but characterization of so many so well done- through imagery, dialogue, thoughts, actions.

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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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#coffeeandbooks #sundaymorning #quiettime

Everyone still in bed. Love this time. Love this book.

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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

Read some all of these this past week- finished Miss Marple.
Continuing with the other 3 this week.

Cinfhen Looks good 😊 6d
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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Huss strives to take her psychological healing & feelings of helplessness into her own hands.She had been at the mercy of the drug dealers,had been knocked unconscious,disarmed,degraded & pissed on.When she caught a hand grenade that was tossed into the window & threw it back outside,she suffered from the explosion but saved not only her own life, but her unconscious partner‘s life as well.

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#GiffordPrize
2 days late posting this.Thrilled beyond measure that this author/book won this prestigious UK Gifford Prize.Incredible journalism & writing. Non fiction that captivated me, enthralled me, infuriated me, educated me- so much for my husband & I to talk about- I listened on audio, while husband read the book. #familyread

Amiable Yes to all of the emotions! This book makes you feel all of them. 1w
kspenmoll @Amiable 😃💕 1w
Scochrane26 I agree! I‘m still mad when I think of the Sacklers. I‘m listening to Say Nothing now, it‘s so good, too. 1w
Megabooks This was amazing!! (And infuriating.) well deserved. (edited) 1w
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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#Swedishpoliceprocedural #walkingwhilewaiting #autumncolors #autumnleaves #blueskies #sunshine #mykindofday

Walked over a mile while waiting for my husband‘s day surgery to end. Brought a picnic-it was 69 degrees! Then lounged in the lobby with tagged book. Perfect wait! Cannot be with him due to Covid restrictions so spending my time this way was the next best thing. Got the call that all is well. He is in recovery. 😀💚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m glad all is well!! 🧡🧡 1w
TrishB Good news ❤️ 1w
TheBookHippie Good news!! ♥️♥️♥️ 1w
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DivineDiana You certainly made good use of your wait time! Glad all is well! ❤️ 1w
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB @TheBookHippie @DivineDiana Thank you all so much! He is home & being waited on as he deserves, all went perfectly! 1w
EvieBee Yay! Good to hear! 1w
Crazeedi I'm so glad those restrictions arent here, I needed my hubby with me for my surgery! It had to be hard for you waiting. Great photos!! 1w
Crazeedi And I'm glad he is doing well❤ 1w
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Finished this over a several months just reading 2 stories a few times a week. I sped my reading up for the #novelnovember readathon. Began this week on p.248, finished the book, reading 150 pages. It was fun to be in Miss Marple‘s village world. Seemed as if her words were sparse, as well as her images. I could picture her characters, places, landscapes, etc. perfectly with her imagery.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1w
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#thoughtfulthursday

📚such a narrator can be confusing, but once I know I can have a better handle on things. Don‘t really enjoy such a narrator.
📚bookmarks, bookish apps on my phone
📚 a Louise Penny fan since Still Life was published & I discovered it in a bookstore. Wait every year for her next installment.

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#wondrouswednesday

🍁photo of me with two sisters taken last Saturday. My 3rd sister is taking the photo. First time all 4 of us have bern together since Covid. We are in front of one of Simsbury‘s 1876 Probate Court, appropriately, as my older sister is a lawyer.
🍁 one sister came from Nebraska- wonderful!!!!
🍁grateful for this sister time, for a job I love, for taking a personal day today, for family!

Eggs Perfect 😻👍🏼❤️👏🏻 1w
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The Great Snuggle Puss | Professor Shel
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#gratefulharvest #snuggle #catsoflitsy

Emmy snuggling me. She loves my fleece pjs.

Crazeedi My new kitty Klinger looks like your kitty! We are closer than I even realized! I just got him 2 days ago, a stray that showed up on my sisters porch! 1w
Eggs Sweet photo🐈 1w
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Ruthiella Snuggle kitty! 😻😻😻 1w
AlaMich I miss cats so much!! 😢 1w
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Klinger knew where to go for love!😻💜💛❤️ 1w
kspenmoll @AlaMich So sorry! We have had our 2 ten years now- irreplaceable.💜 1w
kspenmoll @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ruthiella She loves my thick fleece pjs! 1w
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Life Interrupted | Suleika Jaouad
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From “The Isolation Journals”

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#booksandjournals
Suleika Jaouad‘s”Isolation Journal”was in my mailbox today.It is beautiful.The middle journal I bought at the Hartford Atheneum‘s exhibit,”By Her Hand”featuring Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy 1500-1800.The moon & star notebook:🌙⭐️
Both books pictured are mesmerizing.Between Two Kingdom‘s for its raw beauty as it chronicles SJ‘sjourney, & By My Hand for its details & photos regarding these women & their art.

marleed Beautiful! 1w
Readergrrl Hey, I‘m going to see this exhibit in early December. Artemisia Gentileschi‘s story is sooo interesting. I‘m going to see the exhibit as a field trip with some fellow students from the Cheney Homestead Arts studio in Manchester, CT. So cool to see someone else interested in the fine arts here on Litsy. I love the mixture of literature and art come alive! 1w
kspenmoll @Readergrrl The exhibit is lovely-rich colors. So much I did not know… I am sure you will enjoy it! 1w
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#catsoflitsy
Trying to read myself to sleep but Poe says “No! Pet me!”

#novelnovember #readathon
Today read 80+ pages of Inspector Irene Huss, 2 Miss Marple short stories, started ch 5 of Murder at the Royal Botanical Gardens. #audio

wanderinglynn So cute! How could you not pet that adorable floofy cuteness? ❤️🐱 2w
Andrew65 Well done, especially with the distraction 🤣 👏👏👏 2w
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Alchemyst's Mirror | Liz Delton
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#weeklyforecast
Finished 2 books: audio of The Thursday Murder Club & The Seagull
Continuing with OIB(39% read)
DIRW- hope to start if finish something else
TLSOML- hope to return to-
MATRBG- continue listening
TAR- one essay
IH - read up to p.100
TAM- read w/student
#literarycrew #sundaybuddyread #essays #JohnGreen
#swedishpiceprocedural #passporttocrime #booksmith

Cinfhen That‘s nice that you read with a student 2w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I have 2 buddy reads going outside the curriculum-books they chose. 2w
Cinfhen That‘s fabulous 2w
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Eggs Perfection 🧡🤎🧡 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🧡📚 2w
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Only got in an hour of listening to my current audio book(tagged) while doing dishes last night. My day was largely spent with family: my sisters from CT, MA NE,( taking photo) & one CT brother, hubby, 2 brothers in law (CT, NE). A day of crazy weather: white fog,sun,hail, wind bursts, sheets of rain. Such a happy day! #novelnovember #readathon

Andrew65 Sounds a full day. 2w
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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Reaction of Superintendent Sven Andersson when told by his Police Commissioner he would “appreciate“ regular updates on this case, the murder of a nationally know wealthy financier, when the norm is one partial & one final report on an investigation. #upperclassprivledge
#Swedishpoliceprocedural #passporttocrime

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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#bookreport
Still reading Of Irish Blood,starting Death in Rough Water, about 10 pgs left in The Seagull,read one essay in John Green‘s book,almost finished chapter 2 in Murder at the Botanical Gardens,a couple of chapters into Inspector Huss(left this at work all last week) & finished The Thursday Murder Club.
Thursday Murder Club was all that it has been said to be- funny, moving, insightful,superbly drawn characters, complicated twisty plot.

robinb ❤️❤️❤️ this series. 😊 2w
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Death in Rough Water | Francine Mathews
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#novelnovember #readathon

Read about 80 pages of The Seagull- nearing the end, but I left my book in the car-it is pouring sheets, wind & hail at times- so I am not venturing out of the house to get it! So opening up Death in Rough Waters soon. Listening to Murder at the Botanical Gardens-on Ch. 2. Next up is Of Irish Blood, which I am enjoying,but did not get to today- hope to tomorrow. #literarycrew

Andrew65 I enjoyed the seagull. 2w
Librarybelle Looks like good reading! 2w
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“… The best laid schemes o‘ Mice an‘ Men…”

A poet referenced in two books.

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The Seagull | Ann Cleeves
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1. Tagged book
2. A student of mine as been trying to teach me a very fast dance with all kinds of hand motions, steps, & moves. We laugh & laugh because I cannot coordinate my top & bottom halves of my body. 😂😂
3. Pet peeve- when I find pages that are turned down at corners to book mark in library/borrowed book. Horrifying!!!!
#thoughtfulthursday
Tagging any Litten who wants to join in!

SamanthaMarie The fun with your student sounds absolutely wonderful!! 2w
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 2w
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The Seagull | Ann Cleeves
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#coffeeandbooks
Waiting while my son gets his hair cut- first time in months & months. ☕️📚

Cathythoughts 😁 Enjoy! 2w
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Angel | L. J. Ross
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#wondrouswednesday #gratitude

1.This book is set in the area of Newcastle in the UK. My niece & her husband live nearby & I miss her soooo much! It would be a dream come true to someday visit them.
Tagging @Sweetkokoro @KarenUK @mcipher @Tattooedteacher @julesG
2. Today I am grateful for the beef stew my husband made for dinner & hearty pain de campagne that accompanied it.

Eggs Lovely 🙌🏻📚! #2…I‘ll be right over !! 2w
julesG Thanks for the tag! 2w
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The Seagull | Ann Cleeves
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Getting cozy for my evening read while my husband finishes up his beef stew. I have tomorrow off of school for Veterans Day so I can really relax.
Entering Vera‘s world… a treat.

Trashcanman My disease, my infection... 2w
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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When a person speaking in a book reminds you of another book you have read.💜📚💚
#literarycrew

Librarybelle I like making those connections between books! 2w
marleed I just finished Say Nothing - so glad I read it! 2w
kspenmoll @marleed I just loved it & learned so much. 2w
marleed Me too. I immediately went to Netflix looking for documentaries an watched on about The Miami Showband killings. That was an interesting follow up because it approached the Troubles from a different angle. Today it makes me sad we don‘t learn the lessons history provides us on the uselessness of hate. 2w
BethM I‘m just starting this book today bc I forgot but I LOVED Say Nothing. 2w
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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Have not been at UConn since Pre-Covid. Enjoyed walking all over, breakfast for dinner at Dog Lane Cafe, now hot chocolate, petite scone & a book. Perfect night.
My son & his UConn student cousin are at a mens basketball game together. I love how they try & get together at a game a few times a year. I am relaxing while they are cheering.
#literarycrew

Crazeedi I have 2 books to finish and excited to read this! Have you read the first one in this series? 3w
Librarybelle It does sound like a perfect night! 2w
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I have not read the other 2books in the series. Want to see if my library has 2w
kspenmoll @Librarybelle It was lovely!!! 2w
marleed What a great night! 2w
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#novelnovember #readathon hosted by @Andrew65

My main goal is to rid myself of the daylight savings time blues, & relax & read.

SilversReviews I hear you…yesterday felt like FOREVER!! 3w
EvieBee I was considering one of those special lights. I wonder if they work. 3w
Andrew65 A great aim, good luck. 😊 (edited) 3w
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Suet624 Good luck! 3w
mcctrish Brilliant idea! 3w
kspenmoll @EvieBee If you mean lights for seasonal affective disorder, they work for my sister in law in Alaska, & A teacher I work with here in CT. 2w
kspenmoll @Andrew65 @Suet624 @mcctrish Thanks for your support!!! (edited) 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Eggs 🙌🏻🥰📚 3w
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 3w
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#weeklyforecast
#sundaybuddyread #literarycrew #deadphilosopherssociety #audiomystery #Swedishpoliceprocederal #essays

Not a great reading day. Just feel blah. Think I need to walk…can‘t seem to read but have been listening to the brilliant Thursday Murder Club as I get mundane but necessary housework done.

TheBookHippie I had that most of the week 🤦🏻‍♀️😝 3w
Librarybelle I‘m anxious to read The Thursday Murder Club…on a pile by my bed! (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Good luck this week 💚 3w
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kspenmoll @Librarybelle I am listening yo it…such fun! 3w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Thanks. Cooked tonight while listening to book so that was grounding. Need some self care this week. 💕 3w
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie The moon & the stars? Dark in the east by 4:00 ish starting today. Yuk 3w
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll Dark by 5 here 😝now 😫 (edited) 3w
Cinfhen It must be in the air…I‘ve been feeling the same way xx 3w
Cinfhen And yessssss, Daylight Saving! I didn‘t make the connection but we changed the clocks the week prior!!! That makes so much sense (edited) 3w
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“The road lay before them like the peel of a fruit.”

—The Last Story if Mina Lee

TheBookHippie That struck me as well. 3w
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Unusual lovely imagery in this book! 3w
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I agree it‘s quite lovely. 3w
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This made me laugh out loud!😂😂

TheBookHippie SAME!!!! 3w
JaclynW Yep! 🤣🤣🤣 3w
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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#gratefulharvest #moon #day5

This book sits on a TBR shelf, forlorn. Love the cover. #toomanybookstoolittletime
Outside my window is a waxing crescent moon.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover!! 3w
CarolynM It is a great cover. It's a great read too🙂 3w
Eggs Brilliant 💛📚🌔 3w
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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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Time to bundle up again- going down to 30 degrees tonight. Just waiting for Em-cat & Poe to find me & snuggle in.#fridaynight #workisdone

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#gratefulharvest #brown
A brown book- brownish Poe #catsoflitsy

Eggs 🤎 Love Gaiman🤎 3w
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